Tips and Tricks to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Tailgating Season

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Tailgating Season

The arrival of fall also marks the start of tailgating season. You will find thousands of ardent football fans headed to stadiums across the country, ready to cheer on their favorite teams. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your vehicle ready for tailgating season.

Prepare Your Bed

The trunk area is used for storage during tailgating. Many people also use the trunk area to set up pop-up tents and sleep at night. You need to make the trunk area clean and tidy. Consider spraying the area with a spray-on bed liner or use a rubber bed floor before you turn the trunk area into a bed.

High-Quality Fridge

Tailgate parties are incomplete without food. Most people prepare great dishes and stock them up in the refrigerator. This saves time, and you won’t end up spending the whole time at the grill. Preparing dishes at home is a great idea, but you need to ensure the fridge is working efficiently to store it safely. If you carry food in the low-quality fridge, there are more chances of your food getting spoiled. Invest in a high-quality fridge specifically designed for camping. 

Get A Tow-Hitch Carriage or Accessories

Your vehicle’s cargo area may not be enough to bring all your tailgating supplies. A tow-hitch carriage can provide you extra storage space without affecting internal storage space or trunk area. A tow-hitch carriage fits outside and provides enough space to carry large items weighing up to 500 lbs. Another option is getting tow-hitch accessories like a hitch grill mount, fold-out tailgating tables and TV mounts. This will increase your car’s internal storage space. 

Tailgate Ladder

The cargo bed area on trucks is not easy to get in and out for everyone, especially if you have a lot of supplies there. You can install the tailgate ladder or steps that will facilitate access to the bed. Tailgate steps automatically fold out to make a step when the tailgate is down. The tailgate ladder can be easily fitted on the side of your vehicle. Tailgate steps and ladders offer increased safety and put less strain on back and knees when getting in and out of the trunk area.

Umbrellas and Tents

The weather is unpredictable, and rain can spoil your tailgating experience. Hence, you need to bring a pop-out tent or large folding umbrellas to protect yourself from occasional drizzle or showers. Since you’ll be spending most of the time outside your vehicle, you can carry a sun-shade canopy, carport awning or enclosed shelter connected to your car or camper. 

Tackle Box for Utensils

Though most of the dishes would be prepared at home, you still need to carry some utensils. Use a tackle box to store utensils. This will ensure all utensils are stored in one convenient place, and you don’t have to search for them while cooking food on the grill. 

The tips mentioned here ensure you don’t miss any important things when joining other tailgating friends. Make sure your car maintenance tasks are completed too, and all recommended repairs are done before you leave home. After all, the car must be in good condition to take you to the tailgating destination.